A physical library of the history of fashion: over 120,000 garments and accessories dating between the end of the nineteenth century and early 2000 coming from all over the world. Garments not for sale but available for rent by industry professionals: designers, style offices, stylists, fashion magazines, researchers, experts, teachers and students.
A world has achieved a more particular value and it has become a sort of need for recovering and saving our history, a place destined to preserve the memory of fashion, but also fundamental stop on the current creative process of designers.
The clothes and accessories are selected for the archive according to different criteria: from the importance of the brand, the designer or couturier, to the rarity, eccentricity, detail, particular shape or materials with which they are made.
The exhibit area of the archive, dedicated to rental activity, spreads over various floors of the Vintage Palace and in neighbouring areas; exclusive designer clothes are placed side by side with every day, sports, military, and work garments. Therefore it captures a broad vision of the history of the costume of the last century, including also accessories such as scarves, glasses, handbags and shoes.
Of particular interest is the collection of military garments, divided by country and period of origin, and historic denim items which represent the starting point of the A.N.G.E.L.O. collection.
The selection of clothes dating from between the end of the nineteenth century and the Twenties and Thirties, the rarest and most delicate, is catalogued and stored in optimal conditions for its preservation: they are wrapped in sheets of acid-proof tissue paper to absorb possible humidity and protect them, then laid out horizontally in cardboard boxes. This selection of period garments is mainly available for shows, or specific requests.
A.N.G.E.L.O. is considered today part of the industry, an international benchmark for the entire fashion system.
The archive can only be viewed by appointment.
A.N.G.E.L.O. Vintage Archive
48022 LUGO (RA), Corso Garibaldi, 59
[T] ]+39 0545 35200